South Africa's next top filmmaker competition

SA’s Next Top Filmmaker 2013

SA’s Next Top Filmmaker is a General Post initiative aimed at identifying and developing emerging filmmaking talent. The competition is in its fourth year now and has been very successful to date as regards finding some truly extraordinary talent.

This year was no exception. The 2013 winner Donna Sibande directed a fantastic piece of work for the MTN8 official anthem by Professor featuring Oskido, Busisiwe and Zulu under the careful mentorship of award-winning director Tim Green of Quizzical Pictures.

This year MTN contributed towards the “people” costs of the production. This allowed us to work with some of the best crew around, including Alan Roberts (Producer), Adam Bentel (DOP), Rusty Ruthen (focus puller) and award-winning General Post editor Jamie Taylor.

However, the MTN sponsorship came with its own complications. MTN were holding their own competition for musicians who were competing for the chance to be the Last Muso Standing and have their track chosen to be the official anthem of the MTN8 2013 tournament. This meant that the SA’s Next Top Filmmaker team had to wait for the Last Muso Standing winner to be announced before pre-production could begin. Once the winner was announced the team had 9 days to produce a complex music video from start to finish as the final video needed to be delivered in time for the opening MTN8 match.

Winner Donna Sibande, under the mentorship of Tim Greene, pulled a rabbit out of a hat to produce a dynamic video that wowed the artists and will have soccer fans out of their seats dancing the Wafa Wafa dance to this catchy tune at every MTN8 match.

The video was shot in Newtown with a fantastic cast of extra’s and dancers choreographed by Tom London of Soweto’s Finest Dancers (who were also finalists in the MTN8 Last Muso Standing competition).

SA’s Next Top Filmmaker owes a huge debt of thanks to the generosity of the following industry sponsors:
Quizzical Pictures has for the third year running sponsored a year’s paid internship for the winner and this year generously lent us Tim Greene to mentor our young director.
Nates came on board to replace Digital Film as the gear sponsor and kindly allowed the team to shoot on their brand new Sony F55 Camera – much to the evident delight of DOP, Adam Bentel!
The Bladeworks sponsored a grade in their state-of-the-art Baselight suite - completely fascinating Donna as well as Martin Smookler from Nates who popped in to see the images shot on his new camera.
Screen Africa generously allowed contributed a stand at Mediatech allowing General Post to get the word out to the many students and young filmmakers who attend the premier industry expo.

The fantastic crew of Alan Roberts, Adam Bentel, Rusty Ruthen, Sihle Ngcamu (2011 winner), Brian Sandawana, Vukhani Kawula, Mauela Rapp, Avalon Klein, Logan Reid and DIT/Editor Jamie Taylor who all worked for discounted rates. Congratulations to Donna Sibande for winning SA’s Next Top Filmmaker 2013. There is no doubt that the industry will be seein a lot more from this talented young lady!

Donna and Tim
Winner, Donna Sibande hard at work with mentoring director, Tim Greene

Oskido Donna
The artist, Oskido poses for a photo with Donna

The magic happening